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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16090 on: April 14, 2019, 02:44:49 pm »
Spring cleaning! How I wish I had the time to lavish on my own living quarters. It looks like I will have two units coming vacant in the next month or two, so I'll likely be doing all those things, except straightening album covers, at my rental spaces. The Wall Street Journal had an article about how people don't clean their refrigerators enough. How they take their fridges for granted until they break. SO, recently, I decided to clean my freezer. A challenge, since it (as usual) was completely full of frozen food, some of it not really recognizable.

I started by getting out a large plastic shopping bag and started emptying the freezer. A few items looked appetizing and were put into the fridge to thaw and eat. A few items were put into the trash, dated several years ago. With the surfaces exposed, I washed them quickly with hot water and a sponge, followed by a baking soda/vinegar solution squirted on and wiped off. I then replaced the frozen food in better order. The whole process took 10 minutes! I'm definitely going to do that more often. Plus, I didn't even have to go grocery shopping for a whole week!
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16091 on: April 14, 2019, 03:46:24 pm »
Let's see. Here's my tally.

I washed my curtains once. I have never cleaned the blinds (but then, rarely pull them down). I have hired professionals to clean my windows. I have cleaned and dusted surfaces, knick-knacks, etc., but possibly not as thoroughly as you will. I have a self-cleaning oven. I clean the refrigerator every few months. I occasionally move the furniture to vaccuum but have never used "carpet fresh." I have scrubbed the tub and bathroom, have no albums on my wall and have bought Easter supplies many times, but not since my kids were young(er).
You are not alone. I bought new curtains when I moved to my house in Australia in 1982 and nevr washed them they were heavy drapes and would have needed professional washing. I have the curtains that were in this house  when I moved here in 2010, never washed by me. In Australia I had horizontal venetian blinds i nthe bedrooms and they needed a thorough cleaning (outside with hose and scrubbing brush) once per year. Then not long before leaving I bought vertical blinds for my bedroom, wonderful so they are throughout my house here and do not need cleaning just a flick with duster occasionally. Also get a professional to clean the windows but it has been 2 years since the last time. I do clean the kitchen window as it does get splashed occasionally when cooking. Also it is the only one I realy look out of regularly, it has aview over the ocean.  Have never cleaned the oven bought 9 years ago. I looked recently but it is clean. Of course I clean the grill and the stove top. Yes the refrigerator needs cleaning a few times each year. Vacuum occasionally every few months, more often the kitchen floor. Scrub the bathroom (do not have a bath tub just a shower). I will buy some Easter 'eggs' (probably Bilbies, never rabbits they are pests) and cards for my sister and brother-in law after I fly to Sydney tomorrow. Assume she will buy the Hot Cross Buns which are essential for Good Friday. We are having lunch out at a friend of hers on Easter Day. The friend has Lithuanian/German culture and loves cooking. My sister is like me and hates cooking.

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16092 on: April 15, 2019, 09:06:46 am »
Spring cleaning! How I wish I had the time to lavish on my own living quarters. It looks like I will have two units coming vacant in the next month or two, so I'll likely be doing all those things, except straightening album covers, at my rental spaces. The Wall Street Journal had an article about how people don't clean their refrigerators enough. How they take their fridges for granted until they break. SO, recently, I decided to clean my freezer. A challenge, since it (as usual) was completely full of frozen food, some of it not really recognizable.

I started by getting out a large plastic shopping bag and started emptying the freezer. A few items looked appetizing and were put into the fridge to thaw and eat. A few items were put into the trash, dated several years ago. With the surfaces exposed, I washed them quickly with hot water and a sponge, followed by a baking soda/vinegar solution squirted on and wiped off. I then replaced the frozen food in better order. The whole process took 10 minutes! I'm definitely going to do that more often. Plus, I didn't even have to go grocery shopping for a whole week!

I'm afraid that's certainly the situation with my refrigerator. When I lived in a rental apartment that had an old-ish refrigerator, the refrigerator got cleaned out regularly because it needed to be defrosted periodically. Now that I have a frost-free refrigerator I do, indeed, take it for granted--until I noticed frost building up on the back wall of the freezer compartment and needed to call someone to repair it.

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A few items were put into the trash, dated several years ago.

You had stuff in your freezer for several years?  :o  I never buy anything that I don't expect to eat in a reasonable amount of time, and I tend to panic if I have chicken in the freezer for more than a month. I try not to prepare more than I can eat at a meal so I don't have leftovers. It's not that I don't like leftovers, because I do, but when I have them I feel compelled to eat them right away, whether I'm "hungry for them" or not, so I don't end up with them hanging around for months and months.

Right now I'm unhappy that I have about half a dozen Omaha hamburgers in the freezer since Christmas. They came a dozen in a box, and it takes me a while (obviously) to use a dozen hamburgers. These are a bit of a chore to prepare. They have a lot of fat in them (I suppose that's what makes Omaha beef "prime"), so I have to grill them to get out the fat, but then they're so dry I have to soak them in gravy to make them palatable.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16093 on: April 15, 2019, 09:22:29 am »
I try not to prepare more than I can eat at a meal so I don't have leftovers. It's not that I don't like leftovers, because I do, but when I have them I feel compelled to eat them right away, whether I'm "hungry for them" or not, so I don't end up with them hanging around for months and months.

Depending on the dish, if I have enough leftovers, I pop them in the freezer. Then I have a smallish container there ready for quick thawing if I need dinner or lunch in a pinch.



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16094 on: April 15, 2019, 09:57:55 am »
Hiya BetterMost friends.




Oh, sleeping in felt good today!  ;D

Goals for today is to get some stuff at Wal Mart, mail some stuff out, and then get to the refrigerator and freezer.


Ah, the conversation of leftovers.  I also try to eat my leftovers as quickly as possible.  I don't like them hanging around too long.  Usually, if I make something,  I'll take any leftovers to work for lunch the next day.


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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16095 on: April 15, 2019, 12:31:04 pm »
Ah, the conversation of leftovers.  I also try to eat my leftovers as quickly as possible.  I don't like them hanging around too long.  Usually, if I make something,  I'll take any leftovers to work for lunch the next day.


I used to try to make something big, eat it for dinner two nights in a row and take it for lunch on the third day. If there was more than that, I'd put some in the freezer.

But now that my son lives here it's harder to plan. He is capable if eating about twice as much as I do, so a big dish can be demolished pretty quickly. Sometimes I take a lunch portion off the top and hide it in the back of the 'fridge.




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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16096 on: April 15, 2019, 01:29:44 pm »
As I usually have one big trip a year last at least 6 weeks. I empty and turn off my frig. This year I am just having 2 small trips (today going to Sydney for 2 weeks and in late August going to our capital Wellington for 1 week) so the frig will not get turned off. However as I do very little of my own cooking there are not many leftovers in my rather small freezer compartment. I do stew rhubarb from my garden and put in small containers and when I make up a pan of mince to go with pasta, I make enough for about 3 meals. Otherwise the freezer just has bought meals from supermarket and bread. My main problem is vegetables, which I buy at the farmers market, going off in the crisper. I threw out carrots yesterday and when I went to cook a zucchini on Saturday, it had to be thrown out and I got some frozen cauliflower and broccoli instead. I cleaned my frig before my sister came and visited for my operation at the beginning of March. I guess I will do it again in a few months

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16097 on: April 15, 2019, 07:58:34 pm »
Status update for what I accomplished today,  it's crossed off the list.

Wash the curtains, clean the blinds, clean the windows, clean and dust all surfaces,  remove all 'knick-knacks' from shelves and dust/clean the shelves and knick-knacks, clean oven & refrigerator, move furniture to dust and vacuum under and beneath everything, put "carpet fresh" on the carpets and vacuum, scrub out the tub and bathroom, straighten slanted albums hung on wall, get Easter supplies.



Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16098 on: April 16, 2019, 08:58:59 am »
Do you have to clean the oven by hand? That doesn't sound fun.

I've always had self-cleaning ovens. Or I should say, the only times I've ever cleaned my oven were when I had self-cleaning ovens. It's possible I had others that weren't but it just never occurred to me to clean them.  :laugh:




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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16099 on: April 16, 2019, 10:32:38 am »
Do you have to clean the oven by hand? That doesn't sound fun.

I remember watching my mother do that.  :P
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